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Feeding the need for praise

Have you gotten an "applause note" recently? If you are in an office with a lot of "millennials" (twentysomethings), chances are you have. Jeff Zaslow wrote recently in The Wall Street…

Hate crime or overreaction?

Germantown, Tenn., officials defended the firing of three theater workers who tied stage-rigging ropes into hangman's nooses. City Administrator Patrick Lawton likened the knots left hanging at Germantown Performing Arts Theatre…

Death of diversity?

Forget presidential politics. The real debate might be taking place outside that arena. And a good thing, too. The dumbed-down, lightning-fast, popular vanity answers by presidential aspirants might be irrelevant. In…

Icing on the cake

Welcome to one of the world's remote corners, an environmental treasure and a living test of whether man's commitment to preserving this earth is written in concrete or in sand. …

Something to really be excited about

Fashion Week is happening in New York City, and, darling, I know you are excited. Because this is such a sparkling event, I will not spoil it by throwing…

Can Michael Vick redeem himself?

A couple of days ago, a dear friend sent me an email about Michael Vick. This sweet, kind, gentle grandmother said that Vick should be hung up by his...well, let's…

Some unpopular truths about poverty

The poverty rate in America has declined, not a lot, but some, and for the first time in 10 years, which is very, very good news. The even better news…

A glaring failure called New Orleans

There are those who say that New Orleans is a lost cause and that whole districts that lie below sea level should never be rehabilitated, that the chances of it…

Cracking down on cruising for sex

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is putting a new focus on efforts by authorities to curtail cruising for sex in public places. On Wednesday, police said…

Progress? What progress?

President George W. Bush's ill-conceived Iraq war has become a failure on so many fronts that it is hard to keep track. A new report by the General Accounting Office finds…